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Adverse treatment of a gay head teacher found to be constructive dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination

In The Governing Body of Tywyn Primary v. Mr M Aplin UKEAT/0298/17/LA the EAT held that the adverse treatment of a gay head teacher amounted to constructive dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination.
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Adverse treatment of a gay head teacher found to be constructive dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination

Acas publishes guidance on workplace neurodiversity

Acas has published guidance to help employers learn about neurodiversity and to suggest changes that can be made in the workplace to better support neurodivergent staff.
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Acas publishes guidance on workplace neurodiversity

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy launches new consultation into misuse of confidentiality clauses

Following on from last year's proposals from both the Women and Equalities Committee and the Human Rights Commission, the UK government has published a consultation paper seeking views on options to prevent the misuse of confidentiality clauses.
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Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy launches new consultation into misuse of confidentiality clauses

Personal injury compensation awarded in the Employment Tribunal

In Grange v. Abellio London Ltd EAT/0304/17 the EAT has held that personal injury compensation is available for a failure to provide rest breaks under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR).
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Personal injury compensation awarded in the Employment Tribunal

The Good Work Plan delivers some good news for work-seekers

The latest statutory instrument coming out of the Good Work Plan, The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2019 has been laid before Parliament. This is the government's attempt to address the recommendation from the Taylor Review that information available to workers should be more transparent, particularly when it comes to pay.
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The Good Work Plan delivers some good news for work-seekers

Labour of love: foster parents are not workers under the Working Time Directive

In a case referred by the Romanian courts, the ECJ has held that foster parents are not workers for the purposes of the Working Time Directive. This makes it more likely that cases currently pending before employment tribunals in the UK on foster parents' entitlement to holiday pay are likely to be unsuccessful.
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Labour of love: foster parents are not workers under the Working Time Directive

Harassment allegations: the catalyst for Google staff walkout

Thousands of Google staff (employees and contractors) across 50 locations walked out of their jobs on Thursday 1 November in protest at the company's response to claims of sexual harassment and gender inequality.

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Harassment allegations: the catalyst for Google staff walkout

Equality – in the headlines

The UK PRM (People, Reward and Mobility) team at Dentons strives to keep you up to date with what's happening in the news that has an impact on you. It was notable that Wednesday's search had a common theme running through the articles. They all related to equality addressing either equal pay or gender diversity.
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Equality – in the headlines

Employers can be vicariously liable for the violent conduct of their employees outside work

In Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Limited (NRL), the Court of Appeal decided that NRL was liable for its Managing Director drunkenly assaulting another employee at an "impromptu" drinks event after a work Christmas party. There was a sufficient connection between the Managing Director's employment and the assault. This is an important case for employers to be aware of in the run-up to the Christmas party season.
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Employers can be vicariously liable for the violent conduct of their employees outside work

Zero-hours contracts: “flexibility” is not a draw for the majority of workers

A report recently undertaken by three labour market economists has found that 44% of workers on zero-hours contracts would like more working hours. In addition, and in contrast to the "flexibility" argument often put forward in support of the use of zero-hours contracts, only 28% of those surveyed saw flexibility as the basis for entering into one.
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Zero-hours contracts: “flexibility” is not a draw for the majority of workers